California E.A.R. Unit

California E.A.R. Unit: Champ Vital (Life Field)

“The E.A.R. Unit performs with exuberance and razor sharp precision.” –The New York Times

Los Angeles’ fearless new music ensemble returns with an all-new program that features Champ Vital (Life Field), penned by the inimitable David Rosenboom and soon to be released on the Tzadic label. Composed for violin, piano and percussion, Champ Vital is inspired by ideas of morphogenesis and evolution, employing melodic shape mutations to build 25 transformative variations on a hidden theme. The evening also explores the works of the Unit’s own members, including Eric KM Clark’s exPAT, an aggressive odyssey scored for “distorted instruments”; the electronics-savvy Belgo II, Amy Knoles’ clever confounding of violin, piano, sampled text and bird song; and Vicki Ray’s Jugg(ular)ling, which follows the ever-increasing complexity of juggling feats captured on video; and presents the U.S. premiere of Christopher Tonkin's Widdop, Phaetons… Relic, based on three poems by Ted Hughes.

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FRI 10/22
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff